This position is in Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, Food Safety Education Staff (FSES) located in Washington, DC. FSES conducts the Agency's consumer education programs. The staff develops and conducts a variety of targeted and general food safety campaigns intended to educate consumers, producers, distributors, and food handlers on the prevention of foodborne illness. FSES operates the Meat and Poultry Hotline.Learn more about this agency
- As a participant in the Pathways Recent Graduates Program, you will receive both formal and on-the-job training to develop the required knowledge and skill to successfully perform the duties of the position.
- Serves as a Public Affairs Specialist in planning, developing, and coordinating a broad and comprehensive communications and educational program that will promote public understanding and acceptance of Agency programs, policies, and decisions.
- Selects appropriate methods for communicating program goals and accomplishments; prepares suitable information strategies and materials; and analyzes consumer concerns and needs and recommends appropriate action.
- Prepares, edits, and issues consumer food handling publications, press releases, blogs, other print and broadcast media outreach, special articles and visual materials.
- Develops and presents FSES special exhibits, prepares reports on current FSES activities, prepares informational material for consumer education leaders in Federal and State agencies, universities and industry.
- Develops outreach activities incorporating the most recent technology feasible to provide agency information to a large and international audience.
- This position will be filled as 09/11/12 multi-grade career ladder. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of a more limited scope, performed with less independence, and may reflect limited complexity and personal contacts.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a US Citizen or US National.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt. See https://www.sss.gov/
- Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
- The duration of the Recent Graduates appointment in the excepted service is a trial period.
- Service in the Pathways Program confers no right to further employment in either the competitive or excepted service.
- All USDA Recent Graduates must be at least 16 years of age at the time of their appointment.
- A USDA Pathways Programs Participant Agreement must be completed before the Recent Graduate's entrance-on duty (EOD) and signed by the Recent Graduate.
- All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
- Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 every Federal employee is required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of that employee's choosing.
- Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
QualificationsIn order to be eligible for an appointment under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a recent graduate who has completed, within the previous two years, some associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution such as an accredited technical or vocational school; a 2- or 4-year college or university; a graduate or professional school (e.g., law school, medical school); or a post-secondary home school curriculum. Note: Certificate program is defined as post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution equal to at least one academic year of full-time study that's part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum.
To qualify for the GS-09: You must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level in the Federal Service or one year of equivalent professional work experience. Examples of such experience include: Basic knowledge of written and oral communication principles, methods and techniques; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices. Experience in writing news releases on routine events of non-controversial subjects, participating in meetings with specialized groups to listen to and understand feedback on agency programs. Experience with speaking to groups in explaining the organization's programs, objectives and policies and obtaining the group's reaction to information presented. Experience in analyzing agency information program materials and offering recommendations for improving the delivery of program information to affected individuals and groups.
- Veterans who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty; however, eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree or certificate was obtained. The date of release or discharge from active duty should be later than the date the degree or certificate was obtained.
OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
OR combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience as described above.
To qualify for the GS-11: You must have at least 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level in the Federal Service or one year equivalent work experience. Examples of such experience include: contributing to talking points and press releases on the topics of food safety, agriculture, or public health; experience in developing media contact lists, establishing contacts with members of the media; experience pitching food safety, agriculture, or public health stories to members of the media; experience in drafting written responses to media, stakeholder and Congressional inquiries, including constituent inquiries as necessary on the food safety, agriculture, or public health; experience contributing to large scale communications plans on food safety, agriculture, or public health issues.
OR the completion of 3 full years of progressively higher level related graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university.
OR combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience as described above.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To be eligible for appointment, you must meet requirement a or b:
a. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with in the last 2 years. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov/(http//www.edu.gov/); or
b. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than 6 years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certificate.
You must submit an unofficial academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
To use your education as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements (MQR) for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the MQR, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken to receive credit for that course work. See the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement for more details.
If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation demonstrating that you meet the eligibility and MQR for this position, your application will be deemed incomplete & Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information or you will be ineligible for further consideration.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 80 out of a possible 100.
If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from federal service.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: CHCO Council.
Please click Veterans Policy for further information about veteran specific hiring options.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
Recent Graduate appointments are intended to last for a 1-year period, unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program.
Recent Graduates are entitled to annual and sick leave when in pay status. The amount of leave earned is the same as for permanent employees.
Recent Graduates who are not converted to a career or career-conditional appointment automatically expires at the end of the program period, or upon expiration of the USDA Pathways Programs Officer's approved extension, if applicable.
Recent Graduates may be terminated for reasons related to misconduct, poor performance, or suitability.
Recent Graduates who satisfactorily complete the USDA Recent Graduates Program and meet all eligibility requirements for conversion as outlined in 5 CFR 362.305 may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service under 5 CFR 315.713(b). Program requirements include:
a. Must be a U.S. citizen prior to conversion.
b. Successfully completed all the requirements of the USDA Recent Graduates Program;
c. Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program established under the
agency's approved performance appraisal system that results in a rating of record (or summary rating) of at least Fully Successful or
equivalent and a recommendation for conversion by the first-level supervisor; and
d. Met the OPM qualification standard for the competitive service position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit https://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/student/seo-pathways-programs.htm
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating. Applicant who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of two or three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on the applicant's quality of experience and the extent the possess the following competencies:
- Communications and Media
- Oral Communication
- Planning and Evaluating
Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.
**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly demonstrate that you have the listed competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.
Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.
Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.
To view the application form, visit:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10612082
The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.
Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties, including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
College Transcripts: If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit http://www.naces.org/members.htm. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty, you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veterans preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) you submitted.
If claiming 10-point veterans preference, you must provide the DD-214 or certification requirements (see above), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans Preference and a Department of Veterans Affairs Letter. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref.
Note: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g. veteran's preference) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.
If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.
To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete the online application and the assessment questionnaire. If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions.
Alternative Methods for Applying: If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to: 612-370-2060.
Agency contact information
AddressFood Safety and Inspection Service
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250
Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/548566900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.